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Postby loftladderman » Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:01 pm

Can't weigh it up.
I have been driving around for the last 5 days (on and off) in the Turbo and not seen one other Roadster at all.
I have driven as far south as Edinburgh, as far west in the middle bit, as Fort Augustas, and as far along the northern tip road, as Cape Wrath.
Thats just over 1,100 miles I have covered.
Topless and dog at mu side.
Erm thats my dog DAX, not the G/F ! :oops:

Is this because no one has one ? (Roadster that is, not a dog or G/F).
Keep them at home all shiny and polished ? (all 3 ?)
Under wraps ? (my G/F should be !)
Only get them out when the weather is over 70 degrees ? (all 3 again ?)
Or simply that there AREN'T ANY ? (Dogs, G/F's or Roadsters ?)

I do admit to using all the wee back roads / tracks that my GPS finds for me en-route BUT I have to go through towns and use A roads too sometimes.
Nary a ONE !

I did however meet a man, who knew a man, who knew another man who SAID he had one :lol:
He lived in Manchester !

I know not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to skive off through the day as I do.
I accept that, but surely one would think in over 1,100 miles I would have seen one other ?

WHERE ARE YOU ALL HIDING ?
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Postby Si » Fri Jul 02, 2004 1:19 am

I saw 3 roadsters tonight .... and they all belong to friends :) You're just not looking hard enough mack ;)

BTW, one was turbod, one was supercharged, and the other was standard.

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Postby lowflyer » Fri Jul 02, 2004 1:58 am

wrong way mate carluke is where you wanwee be weve got a roadster that wanst to be ea turbo or supercharger but cant make its price up - hehehe lead me into the lite please

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Postby loftladderman » Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:28 am

Hiyas :-)
Turbo versus Superchargers ?
Without starting something on here with no easy answer, it is down to what "YOU" want from your car.

I looked into it for 4 months before deciding and came up with what suited me.
Supercharging the car is like having a larger (More powerfull of course) engine in her.
More torque all across the range.

Turbo is like a 2 stroke, complete with a power band.
In my case it kicks in at 3,500 rpm app. and goes on kicking in up to my rev limiter.

In my own case from a biking background I prefered the manic delivery of power and the cocophany of noise that accompanied it.

If cost is a criteria DONT DO EITHER ! Ha haaaaaaa
It is non ending, the thurst for more power and speed, and more costly as you get into it.

You start getting into the areodynamics and thermodynamics involved and it all gets rather daft ! :lol:

Like "re-fitting" the front number plate plynth to cause more turbulance in front of the car and air intake to the intercooler and radiator !
Like raising the back end of the bonnet 1/4 inch to draw the pressurised cooler air from the windscreen area, back into the engine bay.
What you lose in aerodynamics you gain in thermodynamics.
Every action causes a reaction :-)
Daft ! LOL

I run some mid 14secs on the strip at Edzell and now I am hooked !
The top speed matters not a jot to me, its the acceleration I want more of !

Now it is into a new Bailey BOV, OTT uprated brakes and brake hoses, a new happy meal clutch / light weight flywheel package etc etc !
MADNESS....LOL
Dont do it ! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby loftladderman » Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:36 am

Hi Si
you are resident in "auld reekie" so the odds are that in the city there must be more than one owner of a Roadster :-)

I have decided it must be because I am free through the day to go and play, and others are working.

I accept that there MUST be some live around where I do and I have just not seen them.
Also they are not members of the OC for sure.

Just piddles me off that the only Roadsters I see are all on my damned driveway ! ha haaaaaaaa
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Postby Si » Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:33 am

Mack, forget about the Roadsters I see in Edinburgh (at least 5 or so a day) ..... met up with these other ones in Strathaven so we could have them weighed :shock: Sad or what ?? :D

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Weighed ?

Postby loftladderman » Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:16 pm

Weighed or Whey Heyyyyyyyyed ? LOL

Now THAT is sad Si, and no wonder I cannot find any...they are all down at the blasted weightbridge ! :lol:

Saw one yesterday as Mike turned up at my place in his wee red Roadster.
We had some coffee, chewed the fat, talked Roadsters, and watched the rain FALL DOWN !
Was very nice having five Roadsters on the drive !

We did however have FUN trying to get 4 BBS alloys complete with tyres on in the car ! ha haaaaaaaaaaaa

Neighbour across the road popped over when Mike had left to ask if I was buying ANOTHER ! LOL
He admited he would love one but "err indoors2 would never allow it.
I reminded him there is no such thing as a strong woman...and that there are only WEAK MEN !
He got that message :-)
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Postby mike9jr » Tue Jul 06, 2004 9:23 pm

Aye, 4 bbs alloys does wonders for the weight distribution on greasy roads!!

Nice drive home, though she did start to get a little bit on the warm side after bashing the duler. Longest fast run I've had in it I think.

Saw several 5's, roof up of course and a few MGF's, but those hardly ever have the roof down eh!

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Postby loftladderman » Wed Jul 07, 2004 6:03 am

Do MGF's ever have the roofs down ?
Do they come down ? or are they strictly for show ?

Glad you got home OK Mike :-)
I am back on Friday I think and all being well am doing that run up to Strichen on Saturday so will phone you to see if you are IN :-)

My next car (Turbo) is going to have NO roof, one carbon fibre seat, and be stripped out completely with ANYTHING that adds weight sold !
Only heavy thing in that car will be ME ! Ha haaaaaaaaa
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Re: Mike

Postby graeme » Wed Jul 07, 2004 8:27 am

loftladderman wrote:Do MGF's ever have the roofs down ?
Do they come down ? or are they strictly for show ?


I always thought they had the same Avenger-style vinyl hardtop as the Z3 :lol:
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Postby loftladderman » Wed Jul 07, 2004 3:34 pm

Hi graeme
I have a theory.
MG Soft Top Owners are like "some" MX5 / Roadster owners.

They are SHY is all and do not wish to be seen or heard.

Proof:
MG OWners always have the hoods up and mostly windows closed.

THIS THREAD has been read by 109 MX5 / Roadster type people, yet only the same few bodies, have any comments to make........see......shy ! :lol:

Is the same with meets.... same few make the effort to get there...rest do not wish to be seen or heard :lol:

I am off down to Billing in Northamptonshire for Sat 24th / 25th Japfest meet as a member of the MX5 OC...wonder how many other members from up this neck of the woods will make the effort ?
Heck --- it is only an 8 or 9 hour drive each way :lol:
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Postby mike9jr » Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:51 am

Hey Mack, enjoy the jap-fest. Not local enough for most I would guess, including me!

BBS alloys going on today, came up too nice to keep for track use only, plus it gives me the chance to give the originals a 'right proper srubin' without the tyres on.

According to my shift list, I've got a gash day off on Saturday. Give me a call and try and pop in on your way, be good to see you again so soon!!

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Postby inddigo » Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:24 pm

Hi Guys,
I got my 1st 5 from a chap in Edinburgh last week, and round where I work in Edinburgh I see loads of 5s an MG's. Gotta say though most with the tops up.....sad...

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Postby Si » Fri Jul 09, 2004 9:39 pm

inddigo wrote:I got my 1st 5 from a chap in Edinburgh last week, and round where I work in Edinburgh I see loads of 5s an MG's. Gotta say though most with the tops up.....sad...


It's not that sad. I hardly ever drive with the top down these days and it's usually for a variety of reasons. I enjoy the car for the handling and driveability of it and not just because the roof can go down. The first year of ownership I had the rood down whenever I could, year two saw it coming down less, but still chastising people for not lowering theirs ..... it's now year three and I couldn't give a f***. Hood up or hood down I can now enjoy the car for what it is ...... a DRIVERs car and born to be driven.

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Postby inddigo » Tue Jul 13, 2004 12:28 am

Si,
You have a very good point there, I love the way she drives.......
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Postby Miataman » Tue Jul 13, 2004 3:49 pm

Hey people!

Those of you who have been unfortunant enough to come into contact with my posts in the past will know that I'm currently MX5-less. My beloved five is probably now about a four fouts square of scrap metal rusting away quietly in a corner.... :(

I'm goin' five huntin' in the new year and as a wee motivator I always look out for fives on the roads..... I don't see that many Roadsters out there!!! I find this a wee bit strange, a few years ago they seemed to be everywhere!!!

I'm, starting to see more Mk2's with the hoods down now, so just those MG drivers to work on!!! :D

look out for me soon in a Laguna Blue five with a smile like this.... :D :o :lol:

See y'all!!

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Postby DouglasH » Tue Jul 13, 2004 6:52 pm

Miataman...Good luck in your car hunting, yes we had months of.. will we ever see him :lol: (although Richard did :shock: ) now we have to endure months of.. will he ever get another car, hope you make it, meanwhile here's a couple of :idea: :idea: for those side repeaters :wink:
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Postby loftladderman » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:39 am

I have had a go at understanding my desire for "hoods down" and realised it comes from my biking background.
Its a fresh air and open to the elements thing.

When everyone changed to full face helmets I stuck to the open face, and still do.
When in Blast mode on the bikes, I stick a scarf around my mouth is all :D
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Postby smashed andy » Wed Jul 14, 2004 4:15 pm

Si wrote:I saw 3 roadsters tonight .... and they all belong to friends :) You're just not looking hard enough mack ;)

BTW, one was turbod, one was supercharged, and the other was standard.

Si


hey guys, just found this site,

si - standard??? no no no u must be mistaken, its down to earth with the rest of urs now.

shocks and springs!!!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

ye ye ye its mine! and im still smiling!!!!

recognise a few familiars on here from other sites.

prob see u all at some event soon, si - see ya sunday.


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Postby PaulDS » Wed Jul 14, 2004 7:26 pm

Well Andy you have found the 'loonies' ?
Come wind, rain or snow we go topless!
It was the drive that first attracted me to the 5 and for the first 4 months owning my 5 the roof was up and sealed, (it was winter). Once I tasted the joy of being topless though!!!, every opportunity and down came the hood enhancing the experience of driving this great car. Now if it rains I drive through it only stopping to raise the hood if I am restricted to <45mph.
Hope to see you soon.
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